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READING, Pa., the world's largest manufacturer, marketer and distributor of industrial batteries, announced that it completed the acquisition of Geräte- und Akkumulatorwerk Zwickau GmbH (GAZ), effective October 11. GAZ is a producer of specialty nickel-based batteries utilized primarily in the energy, rail, telecommunications and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) industries worldwide.

John D. Craig, chairman, president and CEO of EnerSys, said "The GAZ acquisition further enhances our ability to serve both existing EnerSys and GAZ customers with the most complete line of battery offerings available. The acquisition of GAZ opens new markets and expands our customer base, allowing for the continued growth of EnerSys."

Ray Kubis, president, EnerSys Europe, explained, "This new business will complement EnerSys' existing production and sales of specialty nickel-based batteries for high-integrity applications for the aerospace, UPS and rail markets. We continue to further develop our product lines to better serve our customers with the highest quality DC power worldwide and to focus on steadily growing markets, including oil and gas, energy and rail."